CONGRATULATIONS TO COSTI'S 2021 REFUGEES & HUMAN RIGHTS CHILD & YOUTH POETRY CONTEST WINNERS!
The winners of COSTI’s 2021 Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest were announced on June 17, 2021, in recognition of World Refugee Day. Pina Alberelli-Arone, President of COSTI and Executive Director E, Mario J. Calla praised participants for their achievement during our virtual event.
The leadership team from participating schools, family and friends, came together to congratulate the students and celebrate their achievements. The top three winners of each division were given an opportunity to read their poems.
While during this pandemic we experienced social distancing and interruption in learning, we were pleased to receive a good representation of poems from schools across the Ontario. The poems were evaluated by a selection committee and judged based on originality, creative imagination, characterization, artistic quality, and adherence to the topic. Thanks to to Nicholas Keung, Immigration Reporter for the Toronto Star and members of the selection committee for their ongoing support for the contest.
The purpose of COSTI’s Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest is to bring greater attention to human rights abuses and the plight of refugees. The competition was open to all students in Grades 4-12 that attend school in the Province of Ontario.
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2021 Poetry Contest! First prize winners received Apple Airpods with Wireless Charging Case, second prize winners received Beats by Dre Solo3 Wireless Headphones and third prize winners received Beats by Dre Pill+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker.
Click on the names below to read the winning poems for all three divisions.
DIVISION I: GRADES 4 TO 6 WINNERS
HIMMAT SINGH KALIRAI
Elementary Virtual School, Grade 5
Elementary Virtual School, Grade 6
Plum Tree Park Public School, Grade 4
Plum Tree Park Public School, Grade 6
DIVISION II: GRADES 7 TO 8 WINNERS
Sacred Heart of Jesus , Grade 8
Sir Isaac Brock Public School, Grade 8
Sam Chapman Public School, Grade 8
John Knox Christian School (Oakville), Grade 8
DIVISION III: GRADES 9 TO 12 WINNERS
Dunbarton High School, Grade 12
Richmond Hill High School, Grade 12
Richmond Hill High School, Grade 9
Please take a moment to read the poems that received Honourable Mentions in all three divisions by clicking on the links below. Students received a certificate recognizing their achievement.